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There are numerous mental and physical benefits to walking; however, many Americans live in nonwalkable communities and face barriers to this most basic form of physical activity.
Although walking is an individual behavior, walking can be made easier by improvements to community walkability and by programs and policies that provide opportunities and encouragement for walking. In fact, this is exactly what the Surgeon General is calling for in the Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities.
Multiple sectors of society can contribute to a culture of walkability, including transportation, land use, and community design; parks, recreation, and fitness; education; business and industry; volunteer and nonprofit organizations; health care; media; and public health.
Everyone can work together to promote walking and walkable communities. Share this with friends, colleagues, and partners to discuss how you can start or support pedestrian safety improvement projects in your community.